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UNT football to host in-state rival in season’s home finale

UNT football to host in-state rival in season’s home finale

November 22
15:55 2013

Brett Medeiros / Senior Staff Writer

The Mean Green football team welcomes the University of Texas-San Antonio to Apogee Stadium in the home finale for the very first matchup ever between the two teams on Saturday.

The Roadrunners (5-5, 4-2) have a brand-new football program that played its first season in  2011. Now in its third season, head coach Larry Coker has UTSA just one win away from being bowl eligible.

“I have great respect for Larry Coker and what he has been able to do with the UTSA program,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “They’ve won three in a row and you can see a team that plays with great confidence.”

Earlier this season, the Mean Green became bowl eligible for the first time since 2004 and is currently on pace to take part in the Conference USA Championship game if it wins the final two games.

With a victory against UTSA, UNT would become only the second team in UNT history to have a perfect 6-0 record at home, joining the 1966 squad.

To put that into perspective, 1966 was the sophomore season of famed UNT alumnus “Mean” Joe Green.

“It’ll be the last time that I take the field at Apogee Stadium with my fellow seniors,” senior linebacker Zach Orr said. “It’ll be a real special moment for all of us especially if we can get that win and go undefeated at home.”

The Roadrunners will bring a high-powered offense that averages 408 yards per game, and the third-best aerial attack in the conference with 2,351 passing yards this season.

The Mean Green will combat the pass with a defensive secondary that is 15th in the nation in interceptions.

“We have to keep our eyes set on those opportunities as a unit to continue our success,” senior safety Marcus Trice said. “They’re a fast, physical and aggressive team and they don’t shy away from anybody.”

If UNT were to win this game, it will mark the second-most wins in a season in McCarney’s 15 years as a head coach.

Before the game on Saturday, the team will honor its senior class. Kick off is at 2:30 p.m.

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